What is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction?

Mindfulness is the practice of heightened awareness of the present moment with compassion for one’s self. It is based on attitudes including nonjudgement, beginner’s mind, patience, and letting go.

Like anything, mindfulness is cultivated through practice. It is an ongoing learning and growing experience that, over time, changes the neurological pathways in the brain and body. It is practiced by training focus on a singular object or activity like subtle breathing or a repeated sound or mantra.

Mindfulness is a practice of patience and self-forgiveness. The mind will wander, and the mindfulness practice accepts that wandering without judgement, calmly bringing the mind back into focus.

What are the benefits of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction?

A large body of evidence exists that mindfulness can help alleviate a wide range of physical and mental health issues. Some benefits include:

  • Stress reduction

  • Anxiety reduction

  • Improved mood

  • Better memory

  • More focused attention

  • Improved emotional regulation

  • Cognitive improvements